Conscious rap deals with empowerment and consists of “songs that are responsible, thought provoking, and/or inspirational toward positive change or a cry of protest against social injustice”. (McQuillar, pg. 2).There is also other types of empowering music that center on uplifting youth and feminism. The oppression side nevertheless, includes, gangsta rap and party songs (dealing with misogyny, drugs, and violence.) However, there are conscious messages in some gangsta rap.
All in all Dyson's main points to his argument is understanding how rap came to be, the negative and positive images that gangsta rap portrays to the black community, and acknowledging that rap music shows true beliefs about growing up in bad black neighborhoods. Rap originated from the early '70s during the Rosetta stone of black culture. Jobs were being losses in the inner cities. Lack of social services in predominantly black rural areas opened up drugs and violence in black communities. Therefore rap came to be the main way of expressing social oppression in black communities.
A lot of hip-hop artists degrade women and use strong references to drugs and money. Hip-hop is also strongly connected to violence and having parties in strip clubs. Joseph Schloss wrote a great paper on B-Boys and B-Girls and he said: “It is a multibillion-dollar industry based on debauchery, disrespect, and self-destruction.” This big industry began in New York City and it has changed drastically since its origins. The hip-hop culture consists of four basic elements: rap, graffiti, break dancing, and DJs. To start this story you have to talk about DJ Kool Herc.
The next song, “N.Y. State of Mind” by Nas. As shown here, I have a wide ranging taste in music that notably includes hip hop. Why do I find myself as a suburban, white teenager listening to artists such as Nas and Kendrick Lamar when hip hop has historically been predominantly connected to black America? Many of my friends and acquaintances have also taken a liking to hip hop.
 Hip hop gained appeal within the black community because of the authentic and relatable nature of the lyrical content. Over time, hip hop and gangsta rap became a tool for competing record labels and associated gangs. Record labels wanted to build up a reputation in order to achieve commercial success. Emergence of the West Coast In 1986, inspired by Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D, Crenshaw-based Ice-T released the song "6 in the Mornin'". It is considered by many critics as the very first gangsta rap song.
Karn Singh Race and Ethnicity Research Project Role of rap in shaping black masculinity and black femininity, and its implications Introduction For this research paper, I will explore the differences and similarities in which rap music influences and defines black male and females identities. Specifically, I will examine how the music shapes black masculinity and black femininity and their implications at the individual and societal levels. Ever since its evolution, rap music has been a topic of much scholarly discussion. For example, its role as a cultural outlet for the black community, its influence on crime rates among young African Americans and its influence on shaping the urban black identity have been topics of much academic discussion in various disciplines such as sociology, psychology, law, etc.. From a sociological point of view, rap music’s role on determining and maintaining a black identity has been explored. In this regard, it is found that rap music portrays a very distinct images or idealizations of black masculinity and black femininity.
This all too often comes in the form of rap idols and gangs. The message of most rap lyrics, specifically gangster rap, is reflective of the hopelessness that pervades the black and urban community, and justifies an outlaw lifestyle. The Observational Learning Theory directly ties to the influence of rap and media since it emphasizes the importance of observing and modeling the behaviors, attitudes and reactions of others. These observations then become a way of learning
Hip Hop Culture The objective of this essay is to analyse the lyricism and its intention conveyed within the Hip Hop culture. Originating in African-American and Latino-American communities during the 1970s in New York City, Hip Hop culture has gained global attention in the mainstream. The Hip Hop culture consists of four elements: rapping, hip hop dance, graffiti and Djing. Throughout its short history, Hip Hop has been subject to criticism due to the nature of its lyrical content. Majority of the lyricism depicted in Hip Hop is about emphasizing the “thug life”.
The word "rap" was derived in the sixties, from a slang word that meant conversation. Hip-hop has two main historical eras, the old school hip-hop era from 1970-1985 and the golden age hip-hop era from 1985-1993. The golden age of hip-hop began only when it entered the mainstream of music and it consolidated the sounds of the West Coast and the East Coast. The origin of hip-hop music is from African American and West African music. Contributions of griots like The Last Poets, Jalal Mansur Nurriddin, and Gil Scott-Heron were significant in a big way for the advent of hip-hop in
Rap the most controversial style of music ever. Some people say it encourages hate, others say it encourages self believe and tackle social/political issues. ‘How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red and white.’ | | Afrika bambaataa quotesThis is a quote from one of the founding fathers of all rap and hip hopHe believes that hip hop wasn’t just music it was a way of life, a state of mind,The way you should treat and respect others.